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Pre-Training Camp Lineup: OFFENSE

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The Commanders offense will have a lot of eyes on them this training camp. How will the passing game look, who is RB1 and who will emerge as TE depth are all hot topics this camp.

With plenty of new faces around the offense in 2022, Let‘s take a look at the potential week 1 starting lineup and what I ultimately think it will look like:

Starters in Bold, backups in (“”””)

Offensive Line:

LT: Charles Leno Jr. (Cornelius Lucas)

LG: Andrew Norwell (Wes Schweitzer, Chris Paul)

C: Chase Roullier (Wes Schweitzer, Tyler Larsen, Keith Ismael)

RG: Trai Turner (Saahdiq Charles, Chris Paul)

RT: Sam Cosmi (Cornelius Lucas)

The offensive line has been the strength of the team the past two seasons and looks poised to continue that trend in 2022. Both Norwell and Turner are familiar with OL Coach John Matsko’s blocking scheme and still have productive football left in them. The big question mark heading into training camp is whether pivot man Chase Roullier will be healed enough to take the field and lead this emerging group.

Tight Ends:

TE1: Logan Thomas (Bates will be TE1 while Logan rehabs from injury)

TE2: John Bates

TE3: (Cole Turner)

TE4: (Sammis Reyes)

There will be a lot to learn about the depth of this position group in camp. Bates emerged late last season as a classic All-Around TE. While Bates doesn’t possess great speed, he does have excellent hands and excels in the blocking department. Cole Turner’s route-running and catch radius should be an added weapon in the pass game. While some are hoping Gandy-Golden can make it as a TE, he offers nothing in the way of blocking and a TE4 is supposed to help in the run game so Reyes who is a willing blocker and showed ability to block NFL talent gets the nod there.

Wide Receivers:

WR1: Terry McLaurin

WR2: Jahan Dotson

WR3: Curtis Samuel

WR4: (Dyami Brown)

WR5: (Dax Milne)

WR6: (Cam Sims)

This looks to be one of the most exciting positions groups on the team. McLaurin and Dotson are sure to turn heads in camp with their hands and playmaking ability. The wide receiver group has guys who all can run the full route tree from multiple positions. If this group can stay healthy it has the potential to be dynamic.

Running Backs:

Starters: Antonio Gibson / J.D. McKissic

Backup: Brian Robinson Jr. (Will be RB1 by seasons end)

This will be a big year for Gibson. He has some legitimate production but can he take the next step in his evolution? Brian Robinson is your traditional RB who excels with his vision/toughness between the tackles. Robinson is highly competitive and will push Gibson to either be better or step to the side. With McKissic back, he will continue to provide explosive-playmaking out of the backfield.


QB1: Carson Wentz

QB2: (Taylor Heinicke)

QB3: (Sam Howell)

There is no debate on this one. Carson Wentz is the starting QB of the Commanders in 2022 barring injuries. The Commanders will go as far as Wentz can take them. Carson’s arm strength gives this offense the ability to attack every level of the field. The key for Carson will be realizing he doesn’t always need to be the hero and checking it down can be the best option. Sam Howell will get some experience in preseason but this year will be about learning for him. Heinicke is under contract for the 2022 season only and has shown he is a backup only.

The Commanders have a very intriguing offense. They have multiple weapons that should be able to cause problems for the defense all season long. Will this offense come together during training and be able to produce during the season? We are about to find out….

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